Central Texas July Road Trip

Event Details

Central Texas July Road Trip

Time: July 13, 2014 all day
Location: Washington on the Brazos State Park to Burton
Website or Map: https://goo.gl/maps/vty55
Phone: 936.931.3105
Event Type: state, park, visit, and, back-road, scenic, drive
Organized By: Dora Anderson and George Huibregtse
Latest Activity: Jul 12, 2014

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Event Description

Day trip to Washington on the Brazos State Park, with lunch planned at R-Place BBQ, and then a back-road driving tour of 33 miles through one of Texas' most scenic areas!  (The approximate drive time is 45-50 minutes.)

1.  Meet up at Buccee's Waller 9:00 am Sunday July 13, 2014

Buccee's Waller (Trip Advisor Reviews)

2.  Caravan to Washington on the Brazos State Park

Washington on the Brazos State Park

3.  Enjoy activities within the park until everyone is ready for lunch.   Individual sites within the park have an entry fee!  No alcohol is allowed in the park. Pets are allowed on a leash.

* IF WE DECIDE NOT TO STAY AT THE PARK: Independence, Texas is a beautiful historic town on the drive we have planned.  We, as a group, might decide to visit this historic preservation site instead. There is a country store that sells lunch items as well. 

Independence Texas

4.  Dine at R Place Restaurant  (Emergency Plan B lunch perhaps in Independence?)  R-Place serves barbeque and sides, beer and wine.


5.  When everyone is ready, take a scenic road trip through Washington County back roads, ending in Burton, TX

Map of planned drive

6.  Complete group activities at HWY 290, and continue home. People continuing on to Houston have the option to continue to caravan down 290.

Useful Links:
Washington County Visitors Guide
Texas Highways Magazine - Texas Independence Trail


  • Sun screen
  • Hat
  • Water to drink
  • Lawn chairs (Optional of course!)

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Comment by Jim and Ann Brown on June 21, 2014 at 2:39pm


I don't think Jan knows how to drive the speed limit. :)


Comment by Sam Smith on June 21, 2014 at 2:30pm

Wish we could go, but can't skip church.  :-)

Comment by Dora Anderson on June 21, 2014 at 1:49pm

We are on our way out in a few minutes to make the dry-run of this drive!  It will make me even more excited, picturing myself surrounded by wonderful friends-in-smarts!

Be sure to keep in mind some of the caravan protocol basics, such as, if you are in front and you want to pass someone, make sure everyone else is able to pass as well. We don't want anyone to get left behind. The person in the rear is just as important as the person up front.

Let's try to keep it to the speed limit, and be as courteous as we can. Remember, we are representing the brand smart, and we need to make a positive statement!

Comment by Jan in West U on June 20, 2014 at 1:31pm

Add Janet and her guy to your RSVP list. She e-mailed me that they are coming.

Comment by Grasshopper on June 19, 2014 at 7:47pm
Way too hot for us, but thanks anyway.
Comment by Jan in West U on June 19, 2014 at 7:36pm

Looks like a fun event! Thanks Dora and George for putting this together!

Comment by Dora Anderson on June 19, 2014 at 4:59pm

Yes you did and I'm super excited!

Comment by Jim and Ann Brown on June 19, 2014 at 4:12pm

YeeHaww.  I think I managed to respond the right way.


Comment by Dora Anderson on June 19, 2014 at 2:01pm

I got information back from Washington on the Brazos.

They do not allow alcohol :( so if you have it, keep it put away, or be discrete. They do have barbeque pits and picnic areas available. Pets are allowed on leashes.

Fees for visiting optional individual sites within the park!

Brazos Pass     $9.00 per adult

This includes:

Guided tour of Independence Hall

Entry into Barrington Living History Farm and the Star of the Republic Museum


You can visit individual sites for $5.00 per adult.

The Brazos Pass is your better buy if you plan to visit 2 or 3 of the sites.

Visitor’s Center offers Blue Bell Ice Cream, water, soft drinks, chips/snacks, and of course, beautiful Texas gift items!


Comment by Brett P. Cimo on June 18, 2014 at 2:41pm

I am looking forward to the drive and meeting fellow SMART Car owners. Since I missed out on the last one on Fathers day

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